The rom-com is one of the most dividing film genres in history. Wether it’s escaping reality, being forced to watch one by your date or just indulging in a guilty pleasure, there’s one thing you can’t avoid…that optimistic fuzzy sense that cupid always knows what he’s doing and everything will turn out for the best.
Cornetto have created a series of short films in a series entitled “Cupidity” celebrating the theme of love from different perspectives. Shot across the world in Hong Kong (Margot), Los Angeles (X Phobia), Istanbul (Beauty and the Geek) and London (Kismet Diner), all four films promote the same message: “Enjoy The Ride, Love The Ending”. Take a look at the films below and for more information you can go to Cornetto’s Facebok, Youtube or Twitter page.
In the spirit of things, we’ve scoured our memories for the best rom-coms with a supernatural or fantasy twist. Here they are in no particular order…
Groundhog Day (1993)
From the romantic comedy fantasy box comes Groundhog Day. An actual real life celebration which falls on Candlemas day (February 2nd), legend says that if it snows on that day, then Groundhogs and hedgehogs decide that they’ll go back to bed for the next 6 weeks considering it a bad omen. The movie follows an unlikeable weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) who is joined by his cameraman and producer and eventual love interest, Rita (Andie MacDowell) to cover the Groundhog Day festival in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. When Groundhog day comes around, Phil wakes up to snow and is stuck in a loop reliving February 2nd over and over again.
17 Again (2009)
There were several body swap films I could have gone with, including 13 Going on 30 and It’s a Boy Girl Thing and many many more. 17 Again takes the story of 37 year old man (Matthew Perry) having an early mid-life crisis miraculously transformed into his 17 year old self (Zac Effron) in order for him to appreciate his old life of his wife and children.
What Women Want (2000)
So far, all these films have been about unlikeable or resentful men who could do with a supernatural event in their lives to make them realise what really matters in life. In What Women Want, Mel Gibson stars as Nick Marshall, a chauvinistic executive who, following an accident, develops the power to hear women’s thoughts. His new super power gives him an edge at work but it also teaches him the error of his ways and causes him to fall in love.
Bruce Almighty (2005)
Another man who’s discontent with his life despite his popularity and long-suffering girlfriend Grace (Jennifer Aniston). Bruce Nolan (Jim Carey), a television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y., decides to have an angry rant at God after a long day. God appears in the form of Morgan Freeman and bestows Bruce with divine powers. God challenges Bruce to do a better job of things in order to make a point and teach him a little life lesson.
The Princess Bride (1987)
A grandfather tells a postmodern fairytale to a cynical romance weary child. With swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess and some memorable one liners. It appeals to the sort of women who fall in to the maiden waiting to be rescued by a knight (or former farm boy or pirate) in shining armour category, to men who want to be heroes. It’s a classic film loved by many, there’s romance, there’s comedy and there’s fantasy…it had to be on the list.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
I couldn’t write a post about rom-coms and not talk about any of the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”. Shaun of the Dead is a rom-zom-com, a story of romance and bromance in a zombie outbreak starring Simon Pegg stars as Shaun, a man whose life isn’t living up to anyone’s expectations. When zombies threaten his neighbourhood, it’s up to Shaun to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
Sliding Doors (2008)
Sliding Doors is the story of Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow) who’s just been fired from her job in a London PR firm. All seemingly normal so far, until… the plot branches off into two parallel universes. One where she managed to catch her train and one where she doesn’t. A story full of what if’s, the moral of the story is that things that might seem like the end of the world today might actually be for the best, you never know.
Warm Bodies (2013)
This film is something of an unlikely mash-up of many genres, a teen-rom-zom-com-“meets-cute”. A zombie named R (Nick Hoult) meets Julie (Teresa Palmer) the daughter of the leader of the resistance and falls in love with her after saving her from another zombie, killing her poor unfortunate boyfriend (Dave Franco) and eating his brains, aquiring his memories in the process.
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
What’s more comedic or romantic than a scientist who has a romance with a preserved brain behind his gold-digging wife’s back… Steve Martin plays Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr in a tale about beauty, personality, telepathy, gorrillas and brains.
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